Lions' young brigade to (to) do battle Dale Clarke
Capacity crowds are bound to be common in the state league basketball season which kicks off this Saturday.
Key signing around the league make the 2006/07 season look likes one of, if not the most talented competitions seen in SA in the past decade.
North Adelaide has, on paper, arguably the most talented men's side since the 1980's.
The Rocket's NBL calibre starting five consists of Brisbane Bullet And NBL champion Dusty Rychart, South Dragons rookie Michael Zoric, 36ers development player Erick Burton, former 36er Nick Harbour and divisions one US college player Ryan Kersten.
Ricky Simpson has some big challenges ahead this season with his young Central Districts side.
With pure scorer Jye Watson leaving the club for Eastern, Justin Wilkey not playing this season, and one of the leagues most rounded players Paul Vandenbergh retiring, the Lions are left with a severely depleted side.
Simpson will look to develop some of the clubs promising juniors, while Chris Clausen, Jarrod Graves and matt Atkins try to lug the team across the lines for some victories.
The Lions' women will not be playing in the state league this season, after key players left the club, leaving less then five players in the senior program.
Men's top 5: North Adelaide, Forestville, West Adelaide, Norwood and Sturt.
Women's': West Adelaide, Stuart, Forestville, Southern and North Adelaide.
This article appeared in the messenger news review on March 14th 2007.